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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)?

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is a form of arthritis that occurs in children under 16 years of age. It's a chronic condition, lasting for months and years. It affects one or more joints for at least 6 weeks. JIA occurs when the body's immune system attacks its own tissues and the reason why that happens is unknown.

Symptoms of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)

  • Joint pain

  • Fever

  • Joints are red, swollen or hot

  • Difficulty moving the joint(s)

  • Swollen lymph nodes, usually small swellings at the neck, armpits, groin and behind the ears

  • Joints feel warm

  • Repeated episodes of fever above 100.4°F / 38°C

  • Hands and feet feel hot

Questions your doctor may ask to check for juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)

  • Do you have any joint pain?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have joint redness, swelling or warmth?

  • Are your joints stiff and difficult to move?

  • Do you feel your lymph nodes are swollen and enlarged?

Treatment for juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)

There is no cure for JIA. Symptoms may go away with treatment and can recur. Treatment includes medication to suppress the immune cells, inflammation and pain which can control symptoms effectively with little or no permanent joint damage.

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